Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1831-1870

Object Number

IX.7816

Provenance

Probably Tower Arsenal. First accessioned when found on loan to Intelligence & Security Group (Volunteers) (Loan L53), Spring 1987.

Physical Description

General Type Description: Brass cruciform hilt of 'Roman' form with flattened, oval-sectioned pommel, swollen ribbed grip, and quillons with disc terminals decorated with incised concentric circles. Straight, single-edged blade of wedge section, with a short ricasso, tapering slightly and terminating in a double-edged spear point.


Variations, losses, damage, etc: lacquered; small dent to inside of grip; inside of rear quillon terminal has neen rounded off; tang end rusty; forward edge of blade badly nicked in several places; extreme blade tip rounded off.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 716 mm (28 3/16 in.), Blade length: 570 mm (22 7/16 in.) Weight: 885 g (1 lb 15 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on inside, on ricasso, stamped: crown over 19 (an inspection mark).On blade, on outside, on ricasso, stamped: a crested helmet (incompletely struck so only left half visible) (the mark of Kirschbaum of Solingen).

Associations

Notes

For information on and published references to this pattern generally (including doubts about the Land Transport Corps identification), for the possible provenances and for other examples in the Royal Armouries, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.
For the helmet mark of Kirschbaum, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.